We regularly feature photo submissions from our Images of Edina photo contest in the pages of Edina Magazine and online. This month, we asked Jaden Young to tell us about his 2020 photo contest submission titled Long Way Home.
Where was the photo taken?
On the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks. I was standing roughly between Yancey Park and Benton Avenue.
What inspired the shot?
I had recently gotten into photography and didn’t really know what I was doing. I had a camera and a good pair of walking shoes, and I’d just wander down the tracks a bit hoping for a good photo. The bridge in the distance was just past a sunlit section of trees, and it just looked so barren and lively at the same time.
What’s your favorite thing about this image?
The positioning of the sun hitting the plants.
What type of camera do you use?
A Nikon D5000. I try to bring it with me whenever I think I’ll have an opportunity to take photos, and when I have a specific shot in mind that I want to experiment with, I like working with film cameras. I love both digital and film cameras.
What prompted you to submit your photo to Images of Edina?
I think I first saw a post on Instagram about the photo contest. I saw it and I thought, “Why not?” I was excited to see what other people in Edina were submitting, and I thought it would be a good way to learn more about how I could improve my own photography skills. I just sorted through the handful of photos I had taken recently and picked out the ones I thought fit the categories best.